Last updated 11 months ago
Approximately 80% of all strokes can be prevented. This means that you have the ability to significantly reduce your risk for stroke no matter your age, ethnicity, or current physical condition. Even minor strokes can have significant and long-lasting side effects, so if you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing a stroke, you should seek immediate help from a 24-hour emergency room:
Some factors that may contribute to stroke cannot be altered. For instance, individuals 55 years of age or older or with a family history of stroke are at higher risk. However, many circumstances that can lead to stroke are well within your control. Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can prompt stroke, so if you suffer from either condition, consult with an urgent care physician about ways to lower both factors. Smoking, drinking, and excessive weight are other stroke risk factors. To safeguard yourself from stroke, become proactive to eliminate these health concerns.
In the event that a loved one suffers a stroke, you should know the telltale symptoms. First, ask your friend or family member to smile and evaluate if one side of her face droops. Next, have her raise her arms. Is she able to lift both above her head? If not, she may be experiencing a stroke. Then, ask her to say a familiar phrase or sentence. If her speech is slurred, call 911 or seek urgent care assistance.
Because strokes block oxygen from getting to the brain, you need to get help as soon as possible. To prevent precious minutes from being wasted in the case of stroke, be sure to have on hand all pertinent contact information for an emergency clinic. Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center specializes in stroke care. For more information, visit our website or call our Houston emergency clinic at (281) 501-2841.
Last updated 11 months ago
Safeguard Your Health
Asthma reduces the body’s ability to take in oxygen. To lessen your risk for an asthma attack, be rigorous about safeguarding your health from colds and illnesses. This includes getting proper rest and exercise to boost your immune system as well as washing your hands after contact with others. If a friend or family member comes down with a cold, keep your distance until he recovers.
Eliminate Asthma Triggers
An asthma attack can be provoked from any number of irritants, including dust and pollen. To decrease your chances of experiencing an attack, take the time to identify which elements typically trigger your episodes, and do all that you can to eliminate them. If pet dander contributes to your asthma symptoms, you may need to rethink getting a cat or dog. If dust is the main culprit, invest in a weekly maid service. By controlling your normal living environment, you can ward off frequent asthma attacks.
Avoid Dangerous Environments
Unfortunately, individuals who suffer from asthma may not be able to indulge in certain activities. For instance, some asthma sufferers may be at a high risk for an attack when they try to engage in outdoor physical activity during cold weather. Others can experience severe symptoms when around those who smoke. Even a trip to the zoo or botanical gardens can have serious repercussions for those with asthma. To ensure that you remain free from a dangerous attack, avoid situations that increase your risk.
Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center offers comprehensive medical care for asthma sufferers as well as urgent care help for other conditions such as allergies, burns, and migraines. To schedule an appointment at our Houston emergency clinic, call us today at (281) 501-2841.
Last updated 11 months ago
This video explains the steps you should take to protect your loved one from harming himself during a seizure. First, remain calm. Seizures do not inherently mean that a person will suffer permanent injury, as long as you take the proper precautions.
To protect someone having a seizure, gently lay him on his side to make sure that he does not choke on his spit or vomit. Also, do not put anything near his mouth. A person having a seizure may become blue in the face or make strange noises, but these symptoms are common and do not necessarily indicate a serious problem. Wait until the seizure is over, which normally is about five minutes, and assess your loved one’s condition. If necessary, bring him to urgent care for medical evaluation.
Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center can provide expert medical help for an individual who has suffered a seizure. Call our Houston facility today at (281) 501-2841 to find out more about our emergency clinic services.
Last updated 1 year ago
X-rays have been helping emergency room physicians understand and diagnose medical conditions for more than 100 years. By utilizing high frequency x-rays, which have shorter wavelengths than visible light rays, medical professionals can assess a variety of situations, from broken bones to teeth cavities. The following facts offer some insight into how x-rays work and why they are frequently used in medicine:
An x-ray is a piece of black film with areas of white that usually highlight bones or other dense body matter. An x-ray machine houses a glass tube with a heated filament inside. As this filament warms, it gives off electrons that a second electron pair attracts. This allows the formation of a concentrated x-ray beam that is directed at the patient’s body. On the other side of the x-ray machine is a camera. The camera captures the image left by the x-ray. Body matter such as skin and organs typically do not absorb x-rays, but very dense matter like bones and connective tissue do. It’s these structures that the camera then photographs.
Since they first came into existence at the beginning of the 20th century, x-rays have been used for many medical purposes. Though some modified x-ray machines can pick up images of less dense body structures, like internal organs, much of the time x-rays are administered to diagnose problems with the skeletal system. Broken arms, cracked vertebrae, and even sprained ankles can be identified with x-rays.
Before x-rays, physicians had far less conclusive information on which to base their diagnoses. At times, they would be forced to perform exploratory surgery to find out what was ailing patients. Therefore, x-rays have made the practice of medicine both more reliable and less invasive.
Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center provides x-ray diagnostic testing for patients in the greater Houston area. To find out more about our full range of urgent care services, including prenatal and pediatric care, call us today at (281) 501-2841.
Last updated 1 year ago
Many children are curious about products that come in brightly colored boxes and containers, meaning that they may accidentally ingest the toxic substances inside them. This video explains what to do when a poisoning occurs and how to prevent one from happening.
If a parent inadvertently leaves out a toxic product such as a cleaning spray or lamp oil, a child may become curious and ingest the harmful chemicals. To prevent poisoning, you should store toxic cleaning products inside a locked cabinet. If your child does accidentally ingest a poisonous substance, immediately contact poison control. From there, trained medical professionals can guide you through the proper steps to treat your child.
Memorial Heights 24 HR Emergency Center offers comprehensive urgent care assistance for patients of all ages in the greater Houston region. To learn more about the services we provide at our emergency clinic, call us today at (281) 501-2841.